After Sébastien Loeb’s victory in Monte-Carlo it was undeniable that M-Sport was going to do everything to ensure that the nine-time world champion made other rounds this season. And, obviously, negotiations are underway for four additional rounds in the WRC. It must be said that Sébastien Loeb’s agenda is already full!
WRC, 4 rounds for Loeb between Extreme E and Rally-Raid.
Malcolm Wilson has shown his ambitions for the rest of the season and has clearly announced that he is aiming for four new appearances from Sebastien Loeb driving his Ford Puma Rally1.
The M-Sport founder explained in an interview given to the official WRC website: “We’re aiming for four events. That’s all I can tell you at the moment. We are working on everything possible. Obviously, Sweden is not one of them and he himself said it was no for Croatia. Let’s see what we can do, but one thing is certain: we can’t wait to see him, Isabelle and him with us again. »
It is therefore likely to see Sébastien Loeb again at the wheel of the Puma for the Rally of Portugal (like Sébastien Ogier). Then, his schedule will prevent him from doing Italy and the Acropolis. We can therefore imagine that the other three events will be the Safari Rally, Ypres (an event to be confirmed) and New Zealand. Case to follow.
Malcolm Wilson very impressed by Sébastien Loeb!
A nine-time world champion is bound to be impressive. But for Malcolm Wilson his performance at Monte-Carlo is beyond anything you could expect but also even more impressive than you can imagine:
“What Sébastien did in Monte-Carlo was so impressive. It’s even better when you sit down and think about it all. To say that he was absent for a year, he came back from the Dakar without having spent much time in the car and with a co-driver who had never raced at this level… I almost signed Sébastien in 2005 and I can now understand and see what we missed. He is really special. From his first laps with the prototype, he was really comfortable and satisfied with the car. It never changed. You know, even though the conditions changed a bit during the event, he didn’t make a single change to the settings. Nothing. Not even a suspension click. That’s probably one of the most impressive things about him. »
Article published on February 11, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.